turbinate bones


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turbinate bones

Three pairs of small, curled bony processes, the upper two pairs being parts of the ETHMOID BONES and the lower pair of the MAXILLAS, that extends horizontally along the outer walls of the nasal passage. The turbinates are covered with mucous membrane which warms and moistens the incoming air. Also known as conchae.
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According to the researchers, there is a clear correlation with the volume of nasal passages, the presence of respiratory turbinate bones, and warm- or cold-bloodedness.
The dinosaur fossils examined had no respiratory turbinate bones and comparatively narrow nasal passages that would not have been large enough to contain them.